Cata­lan pres­i­dent ap­pears in Barcelona court

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Cata­lan Pres­i­dent Ar­tur Mas has ap­peared in court in Barcelona for or­gan­is­ing an in­de­pen­dence vote.

Thou­sands of sup­port­ers sang the Cata­lan an­them and chanted “Down with Span­ish jus­tice” out­side the court as he faced charges of dis­obey­ing a court ban on the Novem­ber 2014 vote.

Hun­dreds of re­gional may­ors joined the protest at the Catalonia Supreme Court.

About 80% of peo­ple backed Cata­lan in­de­pen­dence from Spain in the non-bind­ing vote.

How­ever turnout in Spain’s north-eastern re­gion was not high, with only 2.2 mil­lion peo­ple vot­ing out of an elec­torate of more than five mil­lion.

Spain’s cen­tral gov­ern­ment in Madrid has pledged to chal­lenge any uni­lat­eral moves to­wards in­de­pen­dence in court, ar­gu­ing such ac­tions are against the con­sti­tu­tion.

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